Live updates on Woodburn Forest debate

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Woodburn Forest 160509 2The Northern Ireland Assembly is debating a motion by Sinn Fein politicians, Oliver McMullan and Gerry Kelly, on InfraStrata’s drilling plans at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim. The drilling has been allowed under permitted development rights, without the need for planning permission, consultation or an environmental impact assessment. Check for live updates throughout the evening.

The motion is:

That this Assembly notes with concern the application by InfraStrata to drill at Woodburn Forest, County Antrim; recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim over drilling proposals at the forest; and calls on the Executive to ensure that such applications are not approved until assurances are secured against any negative potential impacts on water supply, the environment, tourism and local communities.


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Facts – Infrastrata

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woodburn leaflet

http://www.infrastrata.co.uk/images/stories/pdf/pl1_10_woodburnleaflet.pdf

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Quarry firm denies selling property to fracking company

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Quarry firm denies selling property to fracking company

Belcoo

LOCAL construction firm Acheson & Glover has denied claims that one of its quarries in Belcoo has been purchased by Tamboran, the company that previously held a licence to frack in Fermanagh.
The issue has been highlighted by the local cross-community, campaign group, Belcoo Frack Free. They claimed on social media this week that Tamboran “have bought or are in the process of buying the top quarry from Acheson and Glover”.
In February, it emerged that Tamboran had lodged another legal bid to return. Tamboran Resources (UK) submitted an application to the High Court to challenge the adoption of the Strategic Planning Policy Statement, which was published last September and included a presumption against fracking in the North. It is the third application for judicial review proceedings from Tamoran since its licence was terminated in 2014, with two others still ongoing. Continue reading

Court case aims to halt Co Antrim oil exploration in its tracks

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Friday 06 May 2016

court case

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/northern-ireland-news/court-case-aims-to-halt-co-antrim-oil-exploration-in-its-tracks-1-7367983

A legal bid is being made on Friday to scupper plans for oil exploration in a Co Antrim forest, with one protestor saying it is likely to be just the first of many challenges.

Belfast’s High Court will hear a bid by a nearby resident opposed to the project, who is calling for a judge to rule on whether the work should indeed go ahead as planned.

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Stop the Drill – action and meeting

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http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=689978e20e3c2b04dc76aa7bc&id=15c01374dc

URGENT DRILL ALERT
Please support events to Stop the Drill this week.

MONDAY MORNING

Please come to the Woodburn Forest on Monday morning 15th February. We believe oil company InfraStrata plans to commence work beside major water reservoir (North Woodburn Reservoir) with no Waste Management Plan in place.

WEDNESDAY EVENING

Public Meeting, The Windrose, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, Co.Antrim BT38 8BE at 7pm on Wednesday 17th Feb 2016.

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ACTION ALERT – WOODBURN FOREST

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Protest Monday 15th
Woodburn Site Antrim

From Stop the Drill Antrim

“Site directions below for this Monday (15th Feb) at Woodburn Forest. Despite intense lobbying and questioning we end the week with no answers from the Council so we have to assume Infrastrata may plan to go on site on Monday without Waste Management approval. We are calling for a peaceful, positive show of opposition. Bring a picnic! We’ll also have a public meeting at the Windrose in Carrickfergus on Wednesday. So much support for the campaign this week. Thank you. Have a great weekend! #StopTheDrill
Directions to Woodburn Forest drill site.
Coming from northwest Antrim ; Leave Belfast bound M2 @ Templepatrick / Airport slip. Turn left for Doagh, Ballyclare, Larne. Follow signs to Carrickfergus taking 2nd exit @ Ballynure r’about. This is the Ballynure bypass, follow this road for approx 3 -4 miles turning right onto The New Line.( signed for Carrickfergus) follow for approx 1mile taking 2nd right onto Paisley Road.There is no road sign but you will pass Woodburn reservoir  on the right just before left turn to Paisley Road.The site enterance is approx 700 yds on left. Sat Nav post code. BT38 9AH.
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Infrastrata sells assets as unpaid debts take toll

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https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/93279/infrastrata-sells-assets-as-unpaid-debts-take-toll/

nfraStrata has confirmed a company structure shake-up as it divests the majority its exploration-based assets in a bid to refocus on its  gas storage project in Northern Ireland.

The independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company has sold its exploration portfolio to Corallian Energy for £540,000 cash and retained interests in each of the assets without obligations for future investment.

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GOLD RUSH in NI?? – planning permission sought in 2016

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Dalradian pursues dream of gold rush in Northern Ireland

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/310befa8-265a-11e5-9c4e-a775d2b173ca.html

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1. Dalradian map (Curraghinalt): 
http://www.dalradian.com/tyrone-project/curraghinalt-deposit/ 
2. Troubling map from The Independent (gold seems to be all over the 
place): http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/map-reveals-new-gold-concentrations-in-ireland-29697553.html 

And this about gold mining and water pollution: 
http://nodirtygold.earthworksaction.org/impacts/water#.VaE5nl9VhuA

gold map gold - cross section  gold drilled areagold - water pollution

 

James Wilson

Rain envelops the helicopter as it banks over the Sperrin Mountains and few landmarks can be identified in the green Northern Ireland countryside below. But Patrick Anderson is in no doubt about what he sees through the mist: potential for one of the best gold mines in the world.

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